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    Clifford Read

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    A few of mine from over the years
  2. Although Jay Leno thought it looked like a Ford Y-Block, they later revised that to say it was likely based on a Chrysler Imperial motor and transmission. Some reports even describe the motor as like a small-block Chevy, but I don't believe it's any of those as the exhaust and spark-plug area looks more like the Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Pontiac, Packard, Hudson, Studebaker motors of the era, but unlike any of those, the engine compartment shows a forward mounted distributer. It certainly looks American in shape though. China had close ties to Russia at the time and the Russian ZILs were copying the Packards for a lot of their early lineage so perhaps they got the drivetrain from Russia. Interestingly, the display engine on the stand includes a rear mounted distributer.....perhaps a production running change.
  3. If you'd still like to buy a 'Danbury Mint quality' diecast automobile in 1/24 scale, check out Century Dragon's recently released up-quality diecast Red Flag CA770 Chinese limosine, also known as a HongQi. This is an elegantly styled vehicle originally introduced in 1958. Some of you may remember around 20 years ago, Kader Industries offered a version of this vehicle but it was quite expensive (significantly more than FM or DM 1/24 cars then) and although it was well done for that time, this recent Century Dragon version is so much more advanced and detailed and also, surprisingly, much less expensive. The suggested price is listed at US$99, but many vendors have it at less than that. I paid $90 plus EMS speedy shipping The model comes mounted on a finished woodgrain base with a plaque specifying the limited number. The seats are finished in a suede like finish and the two extra jump seats fold down in the passenger area. The trunk mounted spare accurately depicts the rear of an unmounted wheel and there's also a simulated set of trunk mounted batteries. The black paint on the body is absolutely smooth and glossy with plated trim showing no sprues or burrs. Their website shows a plethera of other limosines and Chinese vehicles in a variety of scales including a few in 1/24 to go along with this. I took these pics on the same afternoon that the model arrived at my door
  4. Mullins trailers

    Years ago, I managed to modify one from a damaged Franklin Mint '33 Ford police car.
  5. Where are all the Canucks from on here?

    Born south of Montreal (Quebec), then off to college in Halifax (Nova Scotia), then to Toronto (Ontario), and finally, in 1974, to the Ottawa (Ontario) area.
  6. This kit was manufacturered over 20 years ago and I believe it was probably one of Trumpeter's first attempts at a car kit....the 1/24 scale Chinese Red Flag CA770 limosine, also known as a Hong QI. The kit was fairly rough and not particularly accurate proportionally but it was a fun challenge. The box art is one of the worst illustrations I've seen on a kit and it almost kept me from chancing it. I do kind of like the finished product though andI'm glad I took up the Challenge. Paint is automotive basecoat/clearcoat
  7. 1966 Honda F90 Tiller model

    i bought through HOBBY SEARCH JAPAN It's listed at 3781 Yen which is evidently around US$34. I don't know what the shipping cost is to Europe or the US, but it says 'small packet' https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=112&cat=&state=&sold=0&sortid=0&searchkey=honda+f90+tiller
  8. 1966 Honda F90 Tiller model

    I had no idea where this should go, forum-wize, so here it is. Its a tiny model (1/20 scale) but exceptionally well molded and only seems available from Japan at this time. It's not expected to be painted but looks a bit plasticy as such. I painted everything so it'd look more realistic and also painted the model of the Japanese girl using the tiller (I dont usually add figures to my models). I used Alclad over gloss black for the simulated plated parts, and automotive basecoat/clearcoat for the rest. It was all a fairly quick and enjoyable build.
  9. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    My twin brother and I began recollecting old kits in the '70s and we gradually amassed hundreds of original Revell, Monogram, AMT, Johan as well as non-mainstream car and truck kits, from the early '50s up until the mid '60s. We never stuck with any particular scale, just any vehicle kits that struck our fancy. Unfortunately, most of them became too rare to build, so they'll just remain in their boxes. There are plenty of repopped or modern kits to build now-a-days and besides, we're more into scratchbuilding and using metals in our model building these days.
  10. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    The'IDEAL' Lincoln Premiere is 1/25 or so, and the 'IDEAL' Continental is about 1/20.
  11. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    A few of my older, quite rare unbuilt kits....The rarest would be the Aerocar kit. Two rare ones that I have built are the IDEAL '56 Lincoln convertible and the Continental MkII
  12. 2010 Mitsubishi FUSO 'Super-Great FU' Reefer

    Hi Bob, it's nice to hear from you. I know you've scratchbuilt some cool buses over the years that I've seen at the Group 25 shows. I've only built two of Aoshima's buses....a city bus and a tourist AeroQueen. For some reason the Aoshima kits are the only kits that I enjoy building 'box-stock except for paint. Attached are a couple of pics of my completed Aoshima buses. I'm also including one of the Arii 1/32 School-bus style buses that I built as a resort shuttle bus years ago. I hope to see you in September at the Toronto show.
  13. I always like models that have seldom been done before and I pre-ordered this one a month or so ago. It just arrived in the mail and I'm pleased with the quality. It came with a reference magazine that I unfortunately cannot read since it's all in Russian.
  14. We've been having a bit of a heat-wave here in eastern Canada and to escape the extreme heatand humidity, I've spent the last three weeks working in my basement shop on an Aoshima Fuso 'Super Great' FU reefer in 1/32 scale. The original kit is quite amazing in that the level of detail is beyond any previous Aoshima kits that I've built and include working door hinges and closing latches, etc. The box art describes a vehicle with quite a bit of chrome body detail which I personally found a bit 'over the top', but internet searches also showed many of the real vehicles with painted surfaces and black trim. I chose to go the painted route with even the simulated stainless tanks and accessories toned down from the absolute bright chrome look. Other than the toned down, painted look, the build is mostly 'box-stock.